These Japanese amaryllis bloom once a year for only a few days, right at the fall equinox. If you move fast, you can still catch the higanbana in their full glory right now! Here’s where:
KINCHAKUDAnear Koma Station
Kinchakuda is a little over an hour by train from Shinjuku Station, then a fifteen minute walk from Koma Station. It’s easy to know the fastest route, because there will be a steady stream of eager flower viewers heading that direction.
Open for higanbana viewing: September 16 – October 1
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!